The Forgotten Warriors Vietnam Museum is a beautiful tribute to our forgotten soldiers of Vietnam. It started out as on display case in the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum and has grown into a touching museum built entirely on donations from Vietnam Veterans. Thomas Collins, the museums President and Founder opened the museum in 2005. It is now open from 10am to 4pm daily until the end of October. Beginning in November, the museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Collins was working at the aviation museum when he asked if he could have a display case to show his personal effects from when he served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968.
From that point the display grew by visitors bringing in their own items – including uniforms, helmets, photographs and other memorabilia to add to the collection. The museum keeps getting bigger and bigger and the collection is now bursting at the seams of the building.
Collins was 18 years old when he was drafted into the army and served overseas as, “the guy who hung out the door of a helicopter firing a gun.” He feels that it is important to constantly update and expand the collections because of the importance of this war in U.S. History.
A visit to the museum can be quite emotional for civilians and Veterens. The museum operates only on donations and Collins hopes to put an addition onto the museum when the funds are great enough.
So when you are in the Cape May area, stop in to see this amazing collection, offer a donation to history and bring in your own memorabilia where it can be proudly displayed and appreciated.